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January - February 2016 , Page 51 

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State Criminal Justice Network - Legislative Update

By Angelyn C. Frazer-Giles and Monica Reid

2015 State Legislative Victories Summary

Each year NACDL affiliate members, advocates of the State Criminal Justice Network, and many other reformists work diligently at the state level to bring about reform of key criminal justice issues. This report features a few key victories of the 2015 legislative sessions, including civil asset forfeiture, post-conviction testing, eyewitness reform, and a number of juvenile justice reforms.

Asset Forfeiture

A number of recent news stories have shined a light on disturbing abuses of forfeiture authority and have sparked public outcry and fueled reform efforts around the country. Of particular note is The Washington Post’s six-part investigative series highlighting systemic abuses of power in the use of civil asset forfeiture laws by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.1 The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania recently released two reports analyzing civil asset forfeiture in Philadelphia2 and Montgomery Coun

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